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News from the FPB Programme – the FPB 70s take shape!

June 2, 2017

We will be broadcasting a regular blog as the construction FPB 70 #1 and FPB 70 #2 advances. Proud owners of FPB 70 #1 have kindly agreed to write for us during this process and to add some colour to the regular photographs taken by FPB 70 Project Manager Josh Welch

By way of introduction, we are Stan and Val Creighton, owners of FPB 64 #7 (BUFFALO NICKEL) and owners-to-be of FPB 70 #1. From time to time we’ll be sharing our personal reactions and some backstory, as Steve Dashew’s remarkable new design assumes physical form as a cruising yacht.

Every so often, we receive photos via e-mail documenting construction progress on our boat. As expectant parents of this first FPB 70, we pore over these pics in much the same way as we would ultrasound images of our unborn baby. It’s a rare thrill to be able to watch the process unfold all the way from our distant vantage point in Seattle.

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In this image of three FPB hulls, ours being the one in the center, the first thing we noticed was that our baby now has a head! Her house top is on. As we had hoped and expected, her lines and overall profile look to us like a sleeker version of our FPB 64.

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Her big sister 78 #3 is, naturally, taller in comparison…

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And the skeleton of 70 #2 can be seen on the left side, awaiting its aluminum skin.

We have engaged an expert marine surveyor for local oversight on certain aspects of the construction. Whether in photographs or in person, to us the various welded spots and seams look like a meaningless bunch of dots and dashes. But at appropriate times our engineer has been performing dye penetration testing and X-rays to assess hull and tank integrity. The results have been validating the high degree of confidence we have in Circa Marine’s skill as boat builders.

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Circa’s ‘chippies,’ as they call their cabinetmakers – I think it’s a Kiwi thing? – have been busy with our interior furnishings. Commissioning the first hull in the 70 series put us in a unique position in terms of having a small bit of input into the interior design of the boat.

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In order to maximize this opportunity, we have been working with an interior designer of yachts here in Seattle, Sylvia Bolton. It was her suggestion that we request that the wood grain be oriented horizontally. We think it lends a sleek, expansive visual impression in the relatively small spaces aboard a boat.

Contact sue.grant@berthon.co.uk.

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